Robert James Creighton

Robert James Creighton (1835 – 22 May 1893) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in the Auckland Region, New Zealand.

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Early life and newspaper careerEdit

Creighton was born in Derry, Ireland, in 1835.[1] He was an apprentice compositor with the Londonderry Sentinel, before becoming a reporter and then member of the editorial staff of that newspaper. In the early 1860s he emigrated to New Zealand, and in 1862 became the co-owner of The Southern Cross newspaper in Auckland. Following that newspaper's purchase by Julius Vogel in 1868, Creighton established the short-lived Free Press. He later served as editor of the New Zealand Times and the New Zealand Herald.[2]

He was briefly a resident of Hawaii, where he was editor of the Pacific Commercial Advertiser in 1886, and also Minister of Foreign Affairs to King Kalākaua.[3]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1865–1866 3rd Parnell Independent
1869–1870 4th Newton Independent
1871–1875 5th Eden Independent

Creighton represented the Parnell electorate from 1865 to 1866, when he retired. He then represented the Newton electorate from 1869 to 1870, when he retired. He then represented the Eden electorate from 1871 to 1875, when he retired.[4]

Later lifeEdit

Creighton moved to San Francisco, where he was agent for the Government of New Zealand. During a short residence at Honolulu, he became a member of the Government of Hawaii. He died suddenly at San Francisco, leaving a widow, a son, and a daughter.[5]

His son Charles F. Creighton was the Attornery General for the Kingdom of Hawaii.

ReferencesEdit

  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCyclopedia Company Limited (1902). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  1. ^ "The late Mr R. J. Creighton". Auckland Star. 15 June 1893. p. 9. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Death of Mr R. J. Creighton". Auckland Star. 26 May 1893. p. 4. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ Kuykendall, Ralph Simpson (1967). The Hawaiian Kingdom 1874–1893, The Kalakaua Dynasty. Vol. 3. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 275, 281–283, 292. ISBN 978-0-87022-433-1. OCLC 500374815.
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 191. OCLC 154283103.
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Parnell
1865–1866
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Newton
1869–1870
Succeeded by
New constituency Member of Parliament for Eden
1871–1876
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Kingdom of Hawaii Minister of Foreign Affairs
1886
Succeeded by